France and the Sale of Rafale to Egypt: Sans Meteor

03/03/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - France withheld the sale of the Meteor long-range, air-to-air missile to Egypt in response to a request from Israel, an arms specialist said. That French decision to forego an order for the Meteor missile differed from an initial withholding of the Scalp cruise missile to…

Uptick in NATO Intercepts of Russian Military Aircraft in Europe

01/14/2021
NATO air forces across Europe scrambled more than 400 times in 2020 to intercept unknown aircraft approaching Alliance airspace. Almost 90 percent of these missions - around 350 - were in response to flights by Russian military aircraft. This is a moderate increase from 2019. Russian military aircraft often do…

UAE Prepares for Commercial Nuclear Operations

01/11/2021
By India Strategic ABU DHABI. The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, has announced that its operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company, Nawah, has successfully achieved 100% of the rated reactor power capacity for Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant. This major milestone brings the Barakah plant one…

Israeli Defense After the Abraham Accords: Expanding Area of Sea Control

11/08/2020
By Robbin Laird With the new Abraham accords, the collaborative opportunities for the IDF with GCC partners are clearly expanded. At the same time, the range of security control necessary to protect the shift in the transit of energy supplies is significant and requires new capabilities and new approaches to…

NATO Submarine Rescue Mission Contract Extended

10/18/2020
According to a UK Ministry of Defence article published on September 30, 2020, a three year extension of a NATO contract for submarine rescue missions has been completed. Worth more than seven million pounds, the contract extension will reach into 2023 and provide operational support to the NATO Submarine Rescue…

President Trump Proclaims Patriot Day: My Personal Remenberance of September 11th at the Pentagon

09/11/2020
By Robbin Laird President Trump highlighted the importance of September 11th for the United States in a White House proclamation. On September 10, 2020, the White House issued this proclamation on patriot day, 2020: In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent…

NATO Mine Disposal Operations in Norwegian Waters

08/25/2020
According to a recent news story on the NATO website, "Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1) has concluded a historical ordnance disposal operation, enhancing knowledge about the seabed by working in Norwegian waters and contributing to the Norwegian compiled historic ordnance database. "Conducted between 4-12 August, 2020 in…

JSDF Participates in Anti-Piracy Operations with the EU Naval Force Somalia

07/26/2020
According to a story published in July 2020 by the Japanese Ministry of Defence, the Japanese Navy is participating in the EU anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden. On June 12th and 21st, JS Onami conducted an anti-piracy joint exercise (including communications training, firearms exercises, etc.) with the Spanish Navy Frigates “Numancia”…